Mike Musto | Feb 04, 2020

Exterior view of the 2020 INFINITI QX50

With a nicely sculpted exterior, a spacious interior, along with a unique and powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2020 INFINITI QX50 packs a lot of performance into its sub-$50k sticker price.

My test unit came in the form of the QX50 Edition 30, which celebrates the brands 30th anniversary. It also comes with the world's first production variable compression turbo engine, along with a host of other key features INFINITI hopes will set it apart from the competition.


2020 INFINITI QX50 Exterior

Exterior view of the 2020 INFINITI QX50

So, from an exterior perspective, what does that Edition 30 Package actually get you? For the additional $1,200.00, buyers are treated to 20-inch painted wheels wearing run flat tires, black mirror caps, a blacked-out mesh grille, a body-colored rear diffusor, and an EDITION 30 badge, along with additional dark chrome accents.

It's a nice package to be sure, and helps to compliment the QX50s already sharp lines.

Up front, there are directional LED projector beam headlamps, and small auxiliary driving lights in the lower front fascia. Black trim runs over the wheel-wells, and leads the eye down the rockers and towards the rear of the vehicle. The roof sports brushed cargo rails along with a massive panoramic sunroof, while a hatch-mounted spoiler with an integrated third brake light shadows the rear window. LED rear taillights run from the body into the mechanized rear tailgate, that when open, allows for the easy loading and unloading of cargo.

Further niceties include brushed and black exterior trim accents, as well as twin rear exhaust ports.

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2020 INFINITI QX50 Interior

Interior view of the 2020 INFINITI QX50

By combining luxury and technology in a way that's not overbearing, the cabin of the 2020 QX50 provides occupants with a spacious and , yet very livable interior space.

Large analog gauges with a center set information screen, keep the driver informed in regards to speed and vehicle settings, while set in the center dash, resides INFINITI's dual touchscreen infotainment system. Here drivers will be able to access everything from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, to satellite radio and navigation, to the 16-speaker BOSE audio system.

Electronically adjustable, heated, and leather-covered front seats provide all day comfort, while rear passengers get to enjoy reclining seat backs along with a fold out armrest. A small electronic joystick acts as the gear lever for the QX50. It's located in the center console along with a small toggle that allows the driver to switch between four different drive modes. The 60/40 split rear seats also allow for multiple storage options, and when lowered, the QX50 can haul up to 65.1 cubic-feet of cargo.

Multiple device charging ports and storage bins are also located throughout the cabin. So if you're transporting passengers who can't live without their tech.

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2020 INFINITI QX50 Powertrain

Engine view of the 2020 INFINITI QX50

A new variable-compression turbo four-cylinder engine resides under the hood. According to INFINITI, it acts like two power plants in one, by toggling between performance and economy.

The engine pumps out 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, and routes that power through a CVT transmission. While it's a bit buzzy, there's no question that the QX50 gets up and boogies when you put your foot down. The sprint to 60 mph takes just 6.5 seconds, and if you keep your foot buried, you'll reach a top speed of over 140mph. Once underway, occupants will notice a quiet cabin and wonderful ride quality, while four different drive modes (Personal, Sport, Standard, ECO) allow the driver to tailor the QX50 to their driving style.

Optional all-wheel drive also meant that our tester felt sure-footed, even in the wettest of conditions. During my test, I also managed to run the QX50 down a variety of twisty roads, and it must be said that for a vehicle with a curb weight of just under 4,200 pounds, it handled beautifully.

I wouldn't go so far as to call this a performance CUV, but it does impress when it comes to spirited driving.

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2020 INFINITI QX50 Safety

View of safety equipment of the 2020 INFINITI QX50

With a 5-Star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the QX50 is one of the safest vehicles in the segment. ProPILOT Assist is another suite of features that also comes standard. Items like lane keep assist, intelligent cruise control, forward emergency braking and distance control assist, are all present, and contribute to a no-pressure driving experience.

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2020 INFINITI QX50 Overall

View of the exterior of the 2020 INFINITI QX50

The 2020 Traverse is more versatile and better equipped than ever. At a starting price of $29,800**, it's also less expensive than its predecessor. To experience everything that the updated and upgraded Traverse has to offer, head over to your local AutoNation Chevrolet dealership.

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2020 INFINITI QX50 Specs

Layout

4-door, 5-passenger, luxury SUV

Engine/Transmission

2.0L I-4

268 hp / 280 lb-ft

CVT automatic

Mileage

15/21 mpg (city/hwy)

NHTSA Safety Rating

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

   

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